Assistant Professor, ISAT

macdonrh@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D. in Public Administration, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany
  • MPA Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany
  • B.S. in Economics, State University of New York at Brockport
Scholarly Interests/Research Topics
  • Computer simulation models as decision support tools
  • System Dynamics Modeling
  • Systems Thinking
  • Group Model Building
  • Public Policy
  • Simulation Gaming
  • Complexity in Decision Making
Experience

Rod has over 25 years’ experience developing simulation models as decision support tools for local, state, and federal agencies as well as for numerous business ranging from Boeing to small medical groups.  Projects Rod has worked on include HIV/AIDS, traffic safety, DWI recidivism, mental health services, fleet maintenance, supply chain management, criminal justice, infant mortality, tobacco use, environmental conservation, and the development of simulation based case studies used in national student competitions.  As a Peace Corps volunteer, Rod served as a drought relief technical officer in Botswana, Africa.

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